FAQs

  • How do I restrict Files and Folders on Canvas?
    • More information about restricting files on Canvas can be found here.
  • Who can I reach out to if I am not receiving my notes?
    • Since we will be sending notes through Canvas, your professors should be able to keep track of notes from the volunteer. If you are still having trouble receiving your notes, please email notes@jmu.edu.
  • How can I scan in my class notes?
    • If you prefer to take notes on paper, there are a variety of apps that you can use to scan notes directly to your phone. Some of these apps include Microsoft Lens and Apple Notes
  • What changes are made to the new system of taking notes that is being implemented in Spring 2020?
    • The previous system sent notes entirely through email, that were run through an on-campus database. The new system, which runs through Canvas, allows the note-taking system to run entirely off-campus.
  • Who should I contact if I am having issues with Canvas?

Resources

Cornell Note Taking System
The Cornell Note Taking System is a widely used system for recording notes devised in the 1950s by Walter Pauk, an education professor at Cornell University. Pauk advocated the system's use in his best-selling book "How to Study in College".

Learning Strategies Instruction
JMU's Learning Strategies Instruction (LSI) enhances the educational outcomes of students through explicit training in various learning strategies which are based on personal strengths and weaknesses, specific course demands, and are modified according to academic progress or changing needs.

Livescribe
A Livescribe smartpen can be a helpful tool to a student with a disability or volunteer note taker assisting other students. The pen captures everything that is written and heard and bolsters the notetaking ability of the person using it.

Tiny Scanner and Genius Scan
Apps, that are available for Windows, Andriod, and Apple phones, which turns your phone into a portable scanner.  Be sure the pages are well lit with no shadows and that you use high contrast with tight cropping.  Register with your Dukes email account to get the app for free.

JMU Library Scanner Locations

Carrier Library Scanners
Scanners are available for student use on the first floor of Carrier Library. Click the link above for instructions about how to use their scanners.

Rose Library Scanners
The current scanners are an Epson GT-1500, Epson Perfection V600 Phoyo, and Xerox BookCentre 7130.  Instructions for use will follow soon.

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